BANDAGE CARE SHEET
If your pet has just had a procedure where a bandage or cast has been applied, it is very important that you follow the instructions below to help your pet get the best recovery possible.
Keep the bandage or cast clean and dry. When your pet goes outside, a temporary waterproof covering can be applied to the bandage or cast to keep it dry and clean. The covering must be only be used for short periods of time (no more than 60minutes at a time) and removed immediately upon coming back inside. If the covering remains on for longer than 60 minutes, moisture may build up inside the covering, resulting in a damp bandage/cast. Monitor the odor of the cast/bandage carefully; foul odour can indicate infection going on.
Prevent your pet from biting or chewing at their bandage/cast. If your pet continues to bother the bandage/cast, it may be necessary to use Elizabethan collar to prevent your pet from having access to the bandage. Please also be aware that a persistent urge to bite or lick at the bandage/cast can indicate a pressure point or other problem within the bandage/cast that may need to be checked by the vet. Monitor the position of the bandage/cast closely. Small changes in position of some bandages/casts can create pressure points and sores or cause impaired circulation.
For bandages/casts on the extremities, special monitoring is required. Check the toes daily- they should be warm to the touch and not swollen. Swollen or cold toes can often indicate that the bandage/cast is interfering with circulation to the foot and needs to be checked by the vet.
Please keep exercise to a minimum and avoid slippery floors or stairs to prevent more injuries from occurring.
REASONS TO HAVE YOUR PET RE-CHECKED IMMEDIATELY:
- The bandage/cast becomes wet or soiled
- A bad odor is coming from the bandage or cast
- Your pet is biting or chewing from the bandage/cast
- The toes are cool or cold to touch
- Any change in position or shape of the bandage/cast on the limb
- Any sign of excessive discomfort or stops weight bearing on the limb
- Swelling of the toes, or leg above the bandage or cast
- Loss of appetite, depression, change of behaviour or fever in your pet.
Finally: Be sure to keep your follow up appointments regular so the vet can check your pets progress
Jacobs Well Veterinary Surgery
Unit 3/1149 Pimpama-Jacobs Well Rd, Jacobs Well, Qld, 4208
(07) 5546 1411